#25: LAND EXCHANGES ON FORESTED FEDERAL LANDS
|Land exchanges continue to
be an issue. Large areas still exist with checkerboard patterns
of ownership, with intermingled private and federal lands, such as in
the Umpqua Valley of Western Oregon. Land management agencies
find it a challenge to manage such fragmented holdings and seek
|Land exchanges often are
instigated by private land owners who want to acquire timber on
government land in exchange for private land which has been cut over or
contains very young or immature timber.
|In such cases, properties
are difficult to evaluate and appraise because of often substantial
differences in timber volumes, as well as other values.
|Without full disclosure,
land exchanges may occur that are not in the public interest.
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs urges the purchases of intermingled private land at
market rates (using treasury funds) where differences exist with
respect to timber volume and value. Publicly owned lands with
high conservation values should not be exchanged. Exchanges
should only be made, in any event, when information on timber volumes,
types, and values (including ecological values) is made readily
available to the public.
|Please Contact: Chief of
the Forest Service, your own Members of Congress, the Director of the
Bureau of Land Management.
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